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Graduate Admissions

The CUCA admission policy is based on a student’s academic achievements in Bachelor degree or its equivalent, regardless of gender, race, color, religion, age, handicap, or national origin. CUCA will classify a successful candidate as either full- or part-time based on the number of credit hours attempted per semester. All documents presented by the applicant for admission purposes become the property of CUCA and will not be returned. If it is determined that any documents presented by the applicant are fraudulent, CUCA reserves the right to expel the student without refund of any fees paid.

To enroll in any Graduate Degree Program, students must meet the minimum academic and proficiency requirements.

 
Contact our Graduate Admissions Department

Master of Business Administration (English)

Full Admission
To qualify for Full Admission, applicants are required to meet the following: 

  • The applicant must have a recognized Bachelor’s degree earned in a discipline appropriate for the prospective graduate degree, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent, from an accredited institution by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs in the UAE (or its equivalent).
  • A degree earned outside of the UAE that is equivalent to the bachelor degree in the program applied for must be approved by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs before it can be accepted at CUCA.
  • A bachelor’s degree awarded in a different discipline can be accepted for MBA program only, but the applicants are required to complete the Preparatory Program at CUCA (Pre-MBA).
  • A minimum score of 1400 on the English language portion of the EmSAT examination, or its equivalent on other national or internationally-recognized tests that are approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), 79 (IBT), or 6.0 IELTS Academic.

 
Conditional Admission
First Category:

  1. Students with a recognized Bachelor’s degree and an EmSAT English score of 1250 or its equivalent on another standardized test approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL score of 530 (197 CBT, 71 iBT), or 5.5 IELTS academic.
  2. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to dismissal:
    1. must achieve an EmSAT English score of 1400 or equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
    2. may take a maximum of six credit hours in the first semester of study (two terms), not including intensive English courses.
    3. must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in the first six credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied for the graduate program.

Second Category:

  1. A recognized Bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent.
  2. Such a student must take a maximum of nine credit hours of courses studied for the graduate program during the period of conditional admission and must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of courses studied for the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Third Category:

  1. A recognized Bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent. Such a student must take maximum of nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program.
  2. These remedial courses are not for credit within the degree program.
  3. The student must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of remedial courses in order to progress to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Note: A bachelor’s degree awarded in a different discipline can be accepted but the applicants are required to complete the Preparatory Program at CUCA.

Sr. English Proficiency Requirements Minimum Required Score
1 One of the Following English Proficiency requirements

EmSAT

TOEFL Paper Based

TOEFL (IBT) Internet-Based

IELTS Academic

 

1400

550

79

6.0

When applying for admission to CUCA, the applicant must submit the following documents which will become part of the Student File:

  • Each applicant must complete a CUCA application form. This form must be submitted by the deadline dates announced by CUCA and must be accompanied by a non-refundable admission fee.
  • The applicant must certify that all information submitted on the application is complete and accurate at the time of submission and confirm their understanding that misrepresentation of any information or failure to provide necessary documents may result in denial or rejection of their admission to the college.
  • An official copy of a four-year bachelor degree and transcript (or its equivalent) recognized by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs in one of the fields offered by CUCA properly authenticated in accordance with the regulations and procedures specified by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
  • Letter of equivalency from the Ministry of Education in UAE for degrees obtained from other countries must be provided.
  • One copy of a valid current official passport.
  • Copy of a valid UAE residence visa.
  • One copy of a valid Government-issued identity card.
  • Copy of family book for UAE nationals.
  • Four recent passport-sized photographs.
  • Certificate of a Standardized Test of Eligibility in English (EmSAT, TOEFL, IELTS) or equivalent as approved by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs. (Certificates of TOEFL or IELTS are valid for only two years, and EmSAT is valid for 18 months).
  • A non-refundable Admission fee.

 

NOTE:  All documents presented by the applicant for admission purposes become the property of CUCA and will not be returned.

Students who have completed undergraduate education in an English-medium institution might be allowed admission into a graduate program without demonstrating TOEFL score of 550 (or equivalent). This exemption can be applicable only to those students who undertook all their schooling (K-12) plus a Bachelor’s degree in English in a reference English speaking country (e.g. UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand).

Master of Law (Arabic)

Full Admission
To qualify for Full Admission, applicants are required to meet the following: 

  • The applicant must have a recognized Bachelor’s degree in Law (or its equivalent) earned in a discipline appropriate for the prospective graduate degree, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent, from an accredited institution by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs in the UAE (or its equivalent).
  • A degree earned outside of the UAE that is equivalent to the bachelor degree in the program applied for must be approved by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs before it can be accepted at CUCA.
  • A minimum score of 950 on the English language portion of the EmSAT examination, or its equivalent on other national or internationally-recognized tests that are approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL score of 450 (PBT), 133 (CBT), 45 (IBT), or 4.5 IELTS Academic.
  • A minimum score of 1250 for the Arabic language portion of EmSAT examination.
 

Conditional Admission
First Category:

  1. A recognized Bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent.
  2. Such a student must take a maximum of nine credit hours of courses studied for the graduate program during the period of conditional admission and must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of courses studied for the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Second Category:

  1. A recognized Bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent. Such a student must take a maximum of nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program.
  2. These remedial courses are not for credit within the degree program.
  3. The student must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of remedial courses in order to progress to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal. The College Council decides on the recommendation of the Head of Department in cases not mentioned above.

 

Sr. Proficiency Requirements Minimum Required Score
1 One of the Following English Proficiency requirements

EmSAT – English

TOEFL Paper Based

TOEFL (IBT) Internet-Based

IELTS Academic

 

950

450

51

4.5

2 EmSAT-Arabic 1250

When applying for admission to CUCA, the applicant must submit the following documents which will become part of the Student File:

  • Each applicant must complete a CUCA application form. This form must be submitted by the deadline dates announced by CUCA and must be accompanied by a non-refundable admission fee.
  • The applicant must certify that all information submitted on the application is complete and accurate at the time of submission and confirm their understanding that misrepresentation of any information or failure to provide necessary documents may result in denial or rejection of their admission to the college.
  • An official copy of a four-year bachelor degree and transcript (or its equivalent) recognized by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs in one of the fields offered by CUCA properly authenticated in accordance with the regulations and procedures specified by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
  • Letter of equivalency from the Ministry of Education in UAE for degrees obtained from other countries must be provided.
  • One copy of a valid current official passport.
  • Copy of a valid UAE residence visa.
  • One copy of a valid Government-issued identity card.
  • Copy of family book for UAE nationals.
  • Four recent passport-sized photographs.
  • Certificate of a Standardized Test of Eligibility in English (EmSAT, or TOEFL, or IELTS) or equivalent as approved by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs. (Certificates of TOEFL or IELTS are valid for only two years, and EmSAT is valid for 18 months).
  • An Emirates Standardized Test (EmSAT) for Arabic Language.
  • A non-refundable Admission fee.

 

NOTE:  All documents presented by the applicant for admission purposes become the property of CUCA and will not be returned.

Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Arabic)

Full Admission
To qualify for Full Admission, applicants are required to meet the following: 

  • The applicant must have a recognized Bachelor’s degree earned in a discipline appropriate for the prospective graduate degree, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent, from an accredited institution by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs in the UAE (or its equivalent).
  • A degree earned outside of the UAE that is equivalent to the bachelor degree in the program applied for must be approved by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs before it can be accepted at CUCA.
  • A minimum score of 950 on the English language portion of the EmSAT examination, or its equivalent on other national or internationally-recognized tests that are approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL score of 450 (PBT), 133 (CBT), 45 (IBT), or 4.5 IELTS Academic.
  • A minimum score of 1250 for the Arabic language portion of EmSAT examination.

 
Conditional Admission
First Category:

  1. A recognized Bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent.
  2. Such a student must take a maximum of nine credit hours of courses studied for the graduate program during the period of conditional admission and must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of courses studied for the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Second Category:

  1. A recognized Bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent. Such a student must take a maximum of nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program.
  2. These remedial courses are not for credit within the degree program.
  3. The student must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of remedial courses in order to progress to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal. The College Council decides on the recommendation of the Head of Department in cases not mentioned above.
Sr. Proficiency Requirements Minimum Required Score
1 One of the Following English Proficiency requirements

EmSAT – English

TOEFL Paper Based

TOEFL (IBT) Internet-Based

IELTS Academic

 

950

450

51

4.5

2  EmSAT-Arabic 1250

 

When applying for admission to CUCA, the applicant must submit the following documents which will become part of the Student File:

  • Each applicant must complete a CUCA application form. This form must be submitted by the deadline dates announced by CUCA and must be accompanied by a non-refundable admission fee.
  • The applicant must certify that all information submitted on the application is complete and accurate at the time of submission and confirm their understanding that misrepresentation of any information or failure to provide necessary documents may result in denial or rejection of their admission to the college.
  • An official copy of a four-year bachelor degree and transcript (or its equivalent) recognized by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs in one of the fields offered by CUCA properly authenticated in accordance with the regulations and procedures specified by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
  • Letter of equivalency from the Ministry of Education in UAE for degrees obtained from other countries must be provided.
  • One copy of a valid current official passport.
  • Copy of a valid UAE residence visa.
  • One copy of a valid Government-issued identity card.
  • Copy of family book for UAE nationals.
  • Four recent passport-sized photographs.
  • Certificate of a Standardized Test of Eligibility in English (EmSAT, or TOEFL, or IELTS) or equivalent as approved by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs. (Certificates of TOEFL or IELTS are valid for only two years, and EmSAT is valid for 18 months).
  • An Emirates Standardized Test (EmSAT) for Arabic Language.
  • A non-refundable Admission fee.

 

NOTE:  All documents presented by the applicant for admission purposes become the property of CUCA and will not be returned.

Transfer of Credits- Graduate Programs

Transfer Students
  1. Students applying for transfer credits, have to provide an official Transcript stating they have attended at least one semester as a full-time student at another accredited College, University, or equivalent educational institution and possess a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or above.
  2. Transfer students to all programs must submit Certificate of a Standardized Test of Eligibility in English (EmSAT, or TOEFL, or IELTS Academic) or equivalent as approved by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs. The score as mentioned in the program admission requirements.
  3. Transfer students to any program taught in Arabic must submit Certificate of a Standardized Test of Eligibility in Arabic (EmSAT-Arabic) as approved by the Ministry of Education-Higher Education Affairs. The score as mentioned in the program admission requirements.
  4. Transfer students should not be admitted under specifications for conditional admission.
  5. Coursework completed in the previous educational institution may be accepted in the appropriate program at CUCA by meeting the following provisions:
    1. Applicant must submit an official transcript attested by the MoE-HEA showing all credits and grades earned, along with a detailed description of the courses to the Admission Office.
    2. Only coursework with grade B and above, or its equivalent will be accepted.
    3. Only coursework relevant to the study plan of the desired major will be considered.
    4. Coursework should bear at least three credit hours; however, two or more can be combined to equal one three credit hour course.
    5. The coursework content must be equal to approximately 75-80% of the CUCA course content.
    6. Only 25% of total credits shall be considered as transfer credits.
    7. If the student studied the same course in two different educational institutions, only one of them will be considered.
    8. The coursework was not a part of the Preparatory Program.
  6. The Committee of Student Transfer shall review the student’s request of transfer credits and submit its recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for approval.

Notes:

  • Grades of the transfer courses earned at the host institution are not used in calculating the student’s CGPA.
  • Student must provide a letter of medium of instruction for any transferred course taught in English.
  • Students should not have been dismissed from their previous institutions for disciplinary reasons.

Transfer credit hours will only appear on the CUCA transcript when the Registrar receives the official and attested transcript of the student’s previous institution.